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Hi I'm Grant Joseph

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a returned missionary who served in Argentina, and a retired Helicopter pilot in the Navy. I am married, and Cathy and I have five children and six grandchildren. Before my mission, I mostly grew up on a farm, with the experiences that brings. After my mission, I enlisted in the Navy. I advanced to second class petty officer, then entered a commissioning program. Upon graduation from the University of Oklahoma where I went to school and received a degree in Aerospace Engineering, it was back to active duty and flight school. I flew helicopters, mostly search and rescue, for about ten years. After leaving the service, I worked in retail for a while, then was hired as a 911 dispatcher for the City of Grand Junction. I did that for five years, then became a Police Service Technician, or civilian officer, and have been in that job for 13 years. I will be 60 years old in November 2011. My hobbies and enjoyments include sports (mostly watching now), the outdoors, photography, and shooting. The most fun of all, though, is visiting with my grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church and have been a member all my life, but didn't receive my conversion until I started on my mission. Don't get me wrong, I always believed the doctrines of the church, but there comes a time in everyone's life when they have to know for themselves whether the restored gospel is true or not. I have been active my entire life, even when out to sea in the Navy, and the beliefs of the church ring true to me, and have been easy to believe. They make sense of the world, and show us our place in God's plan. Still, I was walking with borrowed light, and needed to know if the church I had grown up in was true. The truth was revealed by the power of the Holy Ghost, is such a strong way that there is no doubt in me. My conversion story happened in my first area, in a little Argentine town called General Roca. My companion and I had found a wonderful family and were teaching them the gospel, but were having trouble with the father, because he was gone from home during the week and was only home on weekends. He worked with a rough bunch, and drinking and worldly living were the norm. Also, in Argentina it was the custom to drink wine with meals. He wanted to continue his habits. I gained my conversion when I bore my testimony to that little family, and the Holy Ghost bore witness to them and to me that the gospel was true. I was filled with the spirit, and the words I spoke were not mine. Since that day I have had no doubt. I am not perfect and have my ups and downs, as we all do, but I know that the gospel is true. I can bear witness to anyone of that fact and do so now in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

Right now I am working in a calling at church that I never thought I would have, and that always scared me a little bit. I am the new ward mission leader. That involves me directly with the full time missionaries, and the rest of the ward. That keeps me more gospel centered than I have been in the past. The way to live your faith is to make it a habit. It should be second nature. Of course we always are affected by the things that go on around us, but they should be tempered with what we believe. A firm testimony of the gospel allows you to navigate through life without being pulled in every direction by the ideas of men. That firm testimony is gained and kept by church attendance, personal study, and prayer. When we keep the commandments of God we are blessed with a rudder in our lives, that keeps us pointed in the direction of eternal life.